'Ashby-de-la-Zouch', LMS poster, 1923-1947.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Poster produced for London, Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) to promote rail services to Ashby Castle, Leicestershire. The poster shows a view of the castle, which was built in the 12th century and in the 16th century was the site of the imprisonment of Mary, Queen of Scots. The castle figures prominently in Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Ivanhoe'. Artwork by Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971), who studied art at Portsmouth and Southsea Schools of Art. A famous marine painter, he designed posters for several railway companies and organised the Royal Academy series of posters for the London & Midlands Railway (LMR) in 1924.